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In the late 1960's Judith Lander burst onto the Broadway scene as a featured performer. In her 70's, Judith Lander continues to spread the joy of song as a voice coach.

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Originally from Winnipeg, Judith Lander went on to become an internationally acclaimed singer, ballet composer, Broadway actress and cabaret performer. Her life experiences and amazing repertoire of musical styles reflect both her immense talent and strong dedication to her craft.

Starting out as a folk singer in Winnipeg, she sang in the Rosh Pina Synagogue choir, won trophies at the Manitoba Music Festival, performed on CBC Radio and Television as well as on CBC Francais. She moved to Toronto to study and Television Arts at Ryerson in 1966.

While living  there, Judith was chosen by the New York City company of “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” in 1968 to perform in the Toronto production which she calls “the hottest thing to hit Toronto”. She later reprised her role in a successful run of the show in Boston and Washington, D.C. Of Brel himself, she says he “was so thrilling to meet. His work is such genius to experience. He was incredibly handsome and charismatic in person and I shall never forget him on the stage at Carnegie Hall, thanking the American public.”

Lander went on to co-star in the original “Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill” under the mentorship of Lotte Lenya in New York City and starred in other productions, including “The Three Penny Opera” and “The Baker’s Wife. She composed a ballet entitled “Diary” that was performed by the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers in 1978, playing the piano and singing for the production. The ballet was later performed in many countries to rave reviews.                                                        

Judith really enjoyed growing up in Winnipeg. Her father, Jack Lander, was a highly respected family doctor and her mother, Clara Lander, was deeply involved in the arts and became the first Jewish female president of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Judith has a son, Kalan, 33, who is a senior copywriter for a global agency in Toronto, ‘His heart’ she says proudly “ is in creating his own music.” 

Since returning to Canada, she lives in Oakville, Ontario, where she became a teacher of voice at the age of 50. “I teach people who are terrified to sing,” she explained. “The best singers, people who have disabilities, kids who are gifted and kids who have never sung – the whole shebang.” Her website is at judithlander.com

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At the age of 60, encouraged by a friend, the late Pablo Keselman, she returned to the world of cabaret and performed at Soulpepper and Jazz Bistro in Toronto. Judith is still going strong and is as good if not a better performer than ever. 

Stephen Schwartz, the renowned American musical theater lyricist and composer of such shows as Wicked, Pippin and Godspell, recently said that her “ voice is so rich, evocative, and heartbreaking” and her “profound way with a lyric has only gotten stronger over time.” She continues to perform on occasion and is hoping to write her autobiography one day.

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Lander celebrated her 70th birthday with an entourage of performers and friends at Jazz Bistro, where she sang songs by renowned composers such Weill, Brel, Sondheim, Schwartz and..Lander!  

Many of the songs can be found on her CD entitled “From My Life” which was released in 2015. To purchase, please contact judithlandermusic@gmail.com or go to iTunes. 

Judy Weinryb is a published author who facilitates a Creative Writing class on zoom at the Bernard Betel Centre for Creative Living.

She has been a freelance writer for the Canadian Jewish News, the Jewish Tribune and the Markham Review. A social worker for many years, she has an interest in Jewish Community from both a professional and personal perspective.

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